Kotaku Awards: The Best Indie Game of 2010

Over the last couple of weeks we've been collecting nominations and taking your votes on the best games of 2010. This week we're announcing the winners. First up, your favourite Indie game of 2010. And the winner is...[rustles imaginary envelope]

Minecraft.

The indie game vote was by far the most one-sided, with over 50% of you voting for the phenomenon that is Minecraft. Technically Minecraft is still in beta, and technically it was released at the tail end of 2009, but we felt that it was a movement that couldn't be ignored, hence its inclusion on the list. Congratulations to Notch, for creating something truly innovative and, at times, spectacular.

Editor's Choice: Limbo Now it's my turn!

When it came to Indie titles this year, there were a number of incredible contenders. I spent an insane amount of time playing Super Meat Boy, but when it came to a cohesive experience that really stretched gaming's ability to tell an engaging story through the mechanics, not in spite of them, Limbo was head and shoulders above the rest.

Limbo was dark, obviously, and it had its flaws (mostly around a handful of poorly sign-posted puzzles) but for the most part it walked that perfect line between challenge and reward. On a number of levels Limbo was a game that truly made you feel smart.

It was a game that refused to thrust its pretensions upon you like Braid did - it was never convoluted and remained concise. Limbo was a game about rescuing your sister in a strange world, and anything above and beyond that was open to interpretation.

But best of all, the narrative (or meta-narrative) never encroached on what was an incredibly rewarding experience. That is why Limbo is my personal Indie game of the year.


Comments

    damn, I was SURE VVVVVV would win! :(

    XD

    Good choices overall!

    WOOOO I LOVE YOU LIMBO!!!!!

    WOOOOO!!!

    *throws imaginary underwear on stage*

      Don't you hate pants?

      *throws pants on stage*

      Homer Simpson is so awesome.

        One of the greatest moments in TV history.... Thanks for that...

        OOOOO... Canyonero ..........
        Can you name the truck with four wheel drive,
        smells like a steak and seats thirty-five..
        Canyonero! Canyonero!
        Well, it goes real slow with the hammer down,
        It's the country-fried truck endorsed by a clown!
        Canyonero! (Yah!) Canyonero!
        [Krusty:] Hey Hey
        The Federal Highway comission has ruled the
        Canyonero unsafe for highway or city driving.
        Canyonero!
        12 yards long, 2 lanes wide,
        65 tons of American Pride!
        Canyonero! Canyonero!
        Top of the line in utility sports,
        Unexplained fires are a matter for the courts!
        Canyonero! Canyonero! (Yah!)
        She blinds everybody with her super high beams,
        She's a squirrel crushing, deer smacking, driving machine!
        Canyonero!-oh woah, Canyonero! (Yah!)
        Drive Canyonero!
        Woah Canyonero!
        Woah!

    Yeah, Limbo was pretty damn good.

    Also, SMB... that game is designed to break people.
    I love it, I hate it, I hate myself for loving it...

      I'm loving SMB more now that I got my SNES control pad working with Steam. It feels like a long lost SNES game.

      Got it working via following this: http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1623183

        Awesome idea.

          *Xheis scurries away in order to dig up artifacts.*

    Yay, much love for Limbo! Interested to see what those folks do next...

    I have to disagree on just about every point with Limbo, but hell, this argument's been done to death.

    Minecraft was my vote, so it's nice to see so many other people enjoy the game too.

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